Passenger Car Electrician in Council Bluffs, IA

Union Pacific Railroad
Job Description

Passenger Car Electrician

Department: Executive
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Reference Number: 090253
Closing Date: Apply early as this job may be removed or filled as soon as there are sufficient applicants.
Pay Rate: 33.10 Per Hour
Job Open To: Internal and External Candidates


Monday -Thursday First Shift 4/10's

Passenger Car Electricians perform the inspection, repair and maintenance of the electrical components on passenger cars.


  • Perform, with use of blueprints, schematics and location circuit plans, scheduled electrical inspections of various components and inspection and test of circuitry in accordance with company and industry standards
  • Diagnose electrical malfunctions in passenger cars, control circuits and components, assess the nature of problems, and identify corrective action needed
  • Perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in passenger cars or electrical compartments and perform maintenance for miscellaneous equipment using blueprints, schematics, and location circuit plans
  • Work with shop machines and tools and assist other employees as needed
  • Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures
  • Read, interpret and understand written or electronic information, maintain the information, and compile reports
  • Communicate with others, verbally and in writing, technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information
  • Ensure that all signals, lights and other safety appliances used by employees for protection are properly displayed and used
  • Plan and coordinate work activities, determine equipment needs, and develop sequences of steps to get work completed
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Install industrial electric wiring including controls and instrumentation
  • Read generator schematics and read HVAC schematics and diagnose and diagnose problems
  • Basic knowledge of HVAC equipment


  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Able to read electrical schematics and prints
  • Journeyman Electrician License
  • Candidates for this position must pass a pre-employment test in English before being allowed to interview. The number of candidates who pass the test and are granted an interview is based upon hiring needs. Click here to see a sample of the Diesel Electrician Test
  • An Associate's degree in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or electrical components
  • Current electrician's license
  • Experience with large motor generators and/or high-voltage circuitry
  • Experience working with electronics and/or electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience with HVAC
  • Experience working with, on and around moving heavy equipment
  • A minimum of two years verifiable work experience in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors, or electrical components OR current electrician's license
  • Experience working in an environment that requires you to wear personal protective equipment such as shock and arc flash clothing, safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats and hearing protection

Physical Requirements

  • Able to occasionally bend, stoop, and kneel
  • Able to occasionally peform overhead work for short periods of time
  • Able to remain standing or sitting for more than one-half of every work day with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort
  • Able to occasionally walk, climb, and maintain balance on uneven terrain, ballast, and roofs in a safe manner
  • Able to lift/carry and push/pull objects weighing 25 lbs to 70 lbs occasionally

Work Conditions

  • Apply only to those locations where you are prepared to live and work
  • Work at heights of 20 feet or more
  • Expected to work varied schedules, including on-call, overtime, shifts, 7 days a week, as well as weekends and holidays
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Experience working various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits
  • To the extent required by federal law and/or collective bargaining agreement, membership to the respective labor union is required. The union agreement dictates the pay rate and cannot be individually negotiated. Monthly dues are the responsibility of the employee.
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